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Thursday, July 02, 2009

All Alone

Rarely, but sometimes, I hate rattling around this old house by myself. I miss having someone to reassure me when things go bump in the night.

At around 12:30, the smoke detector went off with three loud peals, then stopped. I was up and on my feet instantly, trying to figure out the source, the cause, and the next thing to do. No smell of smoke. No sign of cause. I walked through the house slowly turning all of the lights on. I crept around, ensuring all the dark corners were peered into. Leeloo wanted to be held, so I carried her around for a second pass around the house. The only thing remotely odd is that the dryer door is open. Odd, but no smell of burning, no obvious issue.

So now I sit, wishing the internet would entertain me or talk me down or tell me a bedtime story. I'm awake. WIDE awake. And I don't have a clue what could've caused it. And I don't know how to sleep not knowing that.


  • *hugs* Boo for phantom smoke detectors! When I lived in Berkeley, the smoke detector would make all sorts of noises when its batteries were dying.

    By Blogger MacKenzie, at 6:19 AM  

  • Ours do that when the batteries get low....

    By Blogger Unknown, at 10:38 AM  

  • These are hard wired, no batteries. Dave Price suggested an errant spider was the cause once at his school, one leg on one connection, one on the other. I'm hoping that's it. I'll be taking a compressed air can to it tonight.

    By Blogger Ammy, at 1:30 PM  

  • Mine goes off if I cook too much, even if there is clearly nothing on fire. I think it might be sensitive to steam as well as smoke.
    You can pop on to Facebook, there seem to be people on chat at all manner of time in the night, though some of this is accounted by people leaving their computers on overnight.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 7:22 PM  

  • When you say 'hard wired' do you mean wired into the house's electricity? If you don;t have a manual you can look at, do a google search of the model number and see if you can find a manual online. The you can look up if three beeps means something.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 7:25 PM  

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